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First Day Of Defamation Trial For Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Features Competing Allegations Of Violence

The trial for actor Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard is starting to really get heated as both sides continue to accuse the other of engaging in acts of violence.

The story from Heard has made changes over the years, going from claiming she was the victim of domestic violence without directly naming Depp, to now making the claim that he not only hit her, but sexually assaulted her as well. A spokesperson representing Depp recently spoke with Buzzfeed News in a statement released on Tuesday that stated Heard’s changing allegations follow a “a pattern of her elaborate, erroneous claims which have continued to change and evolve over time for the purpose of Hollywood shock value of which Amber has mastered and used to exploit a serious social movement.”

“Depp’s attorneys accused Heard of being the physically abusive part of the relationship, saying the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star would lock himself in the bathroom to escape Heard’s violence. His attorney also said that, when the couple traveled together, Depp would book an extra hotel room so he could get away from Heard when she became ‘enraged.’ Depp’s sister, Christi Dembrowski, the president of Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil, testified that she booked the separate room, and that she never personally witnessed the pair engaging in violence against each other. She also claimed Heard called Depp an ‘old fat man,’” the Daily Wire reported.

Here are more details from the report:

Depp’s attorney also said that while the couple was in Australia in 2015, Heard severed Depp’s finger after throwing a vodka bottle at him. Heard’s attorney insisted that Depp cut off his own finger.

Heard’s attorney claimed during opening arguments on Tuesday that Depp punched and kicked Heard while they were married when he was blacked out for three days in Australia, and that he also dragged her by her hair. The attorney also claimed that Depp would get high and drunk and then physically and sexually assault Heard. The attorney claimed that Heard once found naked photos of another woman on Depp’s computer and confronted him about cheating, after which they both allegedly threw punches at each other.

Depp is suing Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed the “Aquaman” actress wrote claiming to be the victim of domestic violence. Heard didn’t name Depp, but he says that her op-ed led to him losing roles and having his reputation damaged.

Depp has already lost a previous defamation case in the United Kingdom, largely due to the difficulty in proving libel cases. Depp was required to prove that he did not abuse Heart, which means he had to prove a negative. While a judge in the U.K. acknowledged that Depp was definitely able to cast some doubt on at least two of the allegations Heard had made against him, the judge stated that he had failed to disprove the other 12 allegations.

This did not sit well with Depp’s lawyer who referred to the ruling as “perverse” and “bewildering,” noting that the judge had apparently ignored a lot of evidence in arriving at his decision.

It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out and we’re probably not even close to seeing the end of this drama.

This story syndicated with permission from Chad Prather